Kay serves as the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. She has more than 25 years of experience with the organization. Serving in roles ranging from director of Emergency Services to director of Human Resources, she is an appointed member of the Critical Incident Response Team. Educated at Auburn University, she was recognized for exceptional achievement among local professional women and honored as one of the top 40 Women of the Year by City Business. Kay and her husband, Lee, have three children, Matt, Kaley and Noah.
Bobbi serves as the chapter executive. Prior to joining the American Red Cross in October 2009 as CEO of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter, she held several positions of responsibility in nonprofit management and fundraising, including: president and CEO of the West Virginia Division of Prevent Blindness America; CEO of the YWCA Greater Lafayette (Indiana); senior vice president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce; executive director of the Baton Rouge Bar Association; Forsythe Unit executive director for the American Cancer Society; and associate director of LSU Law Center’s Alumni Relations.
Tony began working with the Red Cross in 1976, including 31 years as the chief executive officer for the Acadiana Area Chapter. He now serves as the Community Chapters executive. His Red Cross service began, though, in 1963 when he joined the Junior Red Cross as a volunteer. Tony is a nationally recognized emergency services and disaster relief instructor for the Red Cross and FEMA. He serves on several disaster planning committees at the local, state and national level. Tony, a native of Rayne, La., is married to Carolyn and has two grown sons.
Nancy joined the Red Cross family in 2010 and serves as the regional public affairs director. Her Red Cross service, however, began during Hurricane Katrina when Nancy and her husband returned from their Washington state home to work at a Livingston Parish shelter – a life-changing experience serving residents of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, most of whom had lost everything. Prior to the Red Cross, Nancy spent eight years as a print and digital journalist. Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Nancy and her husband now live in Baton Rouge with their imaginative and active little girl.
Bruce serves as emergency services director for the South Louisiana Region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Loyola University New Orleans. Formerly a marketing director at the National Safety Council, Bruce joined the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter in 1995 as director of Lifeline Systems. From there, Bruce has held several management positions across a broad range of Red Cross services. Bruce enjoys playing music, motorcycling and spending time with his wife and son.
Candis serves as preparedness health and safety director for Louisiana and Mississippi. She joined the Red Cross family in 1987. She attended Nicholas State University where she majored in education and served as a manager at the St. Charles Parish Red Cross Service Center for more than 10 years. A certified EMT, she is an instructor for the State of Louisiana Bureau of EMS. Together with her husband, Irvin, three children and 2 stepchildren, she volunteers with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and works Red Cross first aid stations.
Cyndi began her career with the American Red Cross in 2007, serving as a development officer and later as executive assistant to the CEO. She is currently serving as the regional operations manager. Cyndi has always worked with nonprofits and served for 17 years as the director of a 2,000 member-strong RSVP program in Southeast Texas through which senior citizens were involved in solving community problems. When she relocated to Baton Rouge, her interest in universal home design brought her to the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, where she worked as the public affairs officer helping people with disabilities and daily living limitations discover the many devices available to help them live independently.
Lou, director of volunteer management/capacity building, began her career with the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) prior to joining the American Red Cross in 1994. Following the devastating 2005 Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, she managed the Louisiana – Mississippi Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program. She believes that volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross and she is thrilled to work with them. Lou lives on the Northshore with her husband, Ron, and six children.